Perlis may be the smallest state in Malaysia, but it boasts a wealth of natural, cultural and historical splendours that rival the bigger states. You may be mesmerised by the many quaint villages, picturesque scenery and centuries-old traditions wherever you go. In short, Perlis is the perfect destination to head for if you prefer old world charm instead of the hustle and bustle of the city, where life is unhurried and the environment naturally fresh and crisp.
Perlis lies at the northwestern tip of the Malay Peninsula; bounded by Thailand in the north, and by Kedah to the east and south. Its western coastline borders the Straits of Melaka. It measures approximately 810 sq km and has a population of 217,480. The state capital is Kangar while Arau, 10km away, is the Royal town.
Although small in size, Perlis is not without its attractions, foremost among which is its serene beauty. Perlis, too, abounds with rustic rural scenes and rolling green fields of padi.
January to April the weather is generally warm and dry. Days are hot and windy but nights can become cold towards dawn. September to December is wet. The average annual rainfall is between 2,000 ml and 2,500 ml (80" to 100") and humidity is high throughout the year. Temperature varies little the year round, ranging from 21° C to 32° C.
HOW TO GO THERE
Perlis - Getting There
There is no direct air service to Perlis. Visitors have to fly into Alor Setar and from there take a taxi to Kangar. The drive takes about 45 minutes.
Note: At the Alor Setar Airport, the normal taxi fare is approximately RM35 per vehicle.
Ekspres Langkawi KTMB
|Kuala Lumpur to Arau|| |
9.15pm - 6.25am
1st Class (Bed) RM70 per person
|Arau to Kuala Lumpur|| |
8.10pm - 5.10am
|Ekspres Nasional||Kuala Lumpur to Kangar|| |
RM23.50 per person
|Ekspres PPMP||Kuala Lumpur to Kangar|| |
RM22.00 per person
|Alor Setar to Kangar|| |
RM2.00 per person
|Ebban Ekspres||Butterworth to Kangar|| |
RM6.20 per person
*Half fare for children under 12 years old
Four bus transport companies operate within the State:
|Syarikat PPMP Express (From Kangar - Ekpress)|
|Alor Setar|| |
|Kuala Lumpur|| |
|Johor Bahru|| |
Syarikat HBR Express (From Kangar - Local)
|55 - Kodiang|| |
|56 - Kuala Perlis|| |
|57 - Simpang Empat|| |
|58 - Bukit Keteri Mata Air|| |
|59 - Padang Besar|| |
|-Kaki Bukit|| |
|60 - I.T.M.|| |
|121 - Alor Setar|| |
From Kangar to
Ferry boats provide scheduled crossings between Kuala Perlis and Langkawi. The fare varies from RM12 to RM15 per adult. The journey takes an hour to reach Kuah Jetty.
For the Kuala Perlis-Langkawi service, the first ferry of the day leaves for Kuah Jetty in Langkawi at 9.00am, and the last ferry leaves at 2.15pm. The last ferry back to Kuala Perlis leaves at 4.00pm.
There are four ferry service operators, namely Kuala Perlis Langkawi Ferry Service Sdn Bhd, LADA Holdings Sdn Bhd, Samavest Sdn Bhd and Water Tour Development Sdn Bhd.
The town's name is derived from a limestone hill known by the local folks as Bukit Chuping. It is situated to the northeast of Kangar.
There are 22,000 hectares of plantation. This commercial area is well known for its wide sugarcane plantation and the processing of sugar. Harvesting period starts from December and done until June. There are factories and rubber plantations around. As well.
Even so, the vast, green landscape of Chuping is a lovely sight to behold.
Melati Lake / Tasik Melati
Melati Lake , located just 8km north of Kangar, this shallow lake is an ideal place for many relaxing activities. Here, people can be seen setting up picnics, jogging, boating or just relaxing under the shade.
There are elevated walkways that enables you to walk over the lake and take a look at what is there at the bottom of the shallow lake. There are more than 150 sandbar islands all over the lake that is reachable by boat.
There are toilet facilities and phone booths here as well.
Now, for the rock climber, you can try this !
!!. a limestone hill at Bukit Keteri.
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